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A big part of Richardson's issues in Cleveland was that there is no other credible offensive threat, so you can pack the box every play and force them to throw. You can't do that with the Colts. Luck's play action and passing threat is so good that Richardson will have the holes to break runs. His talent is great for the Indy offense. Plus, there's not a running back in the league that would be a good blocker if they were trying to block in Cleveland's offense. Richardson is the balance this offense was screaming for.
As for the receivers, we have explosive receivers. T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey are both explosive receivers that will benefit from a credible running attack. If defenses actually have to worry that the Colts will run, they have to balance the defense much more, leaving either T.Y. or DHB with a mismatch. If you watched the Miami game they forced us to throw, throw, throw. We didn't have a credible running game to make them leave pass coverage, which forces Luck to make desperate throws. Now we can run more and throw to the check down.
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